The rich history and romantic nature of Tuscany makes it the ideal vacation destination. From vineyards to medieval towers, there are many ways to enjoy this stunning and historical region. If you’re looking for the ideal place to soak up the Tuscan experience with style and flare, here are a few places to consider:
Explore San Gimignano
Just a quick drive North of Siena lies the town of San Gimignano, which transports you back to the Middle Ages. The cobblestone streets and buildings are carefully preserved, and there are precisely 15 medieval towers that look just like ancient skyscrapers that dot the scenic landscape.
We recommend climbing the Torre Gross, which is the tallest tower measuring 54 meters high (or 177 feet). The structure dates back to 1298 and costs only €5 to see the stunning aerial views of the Tuscan countryside.
Visit The Town of Cortona
Ever wanted to visit the place where they filmed Under the Tuscan Sun? Since the movie was released in 2003, the small town of Cortona has attracted millions of tourists from around the globe. Famed for the beautiful agricultural plains and picturesque views, this village provides an authentic Tuscan experience. Check out the La Bucaccia restaurant, which features the best Tuscan cuisine in the region. Be prepared to indulge in wine, pasta, bread, and charcuterie!
Are you passionate about art? The Uffizi gallery in Florence hosts an extensive collection of Renaissance paintings, and the curators are continuously adding more pieces. The vast collection initially belonged to the House of Medici, which was an aristocratic merchant family that ruled Tuscany for nearly 850 years. When the last heir died in the 18th century, most of the art was donated to the city of Florence, which resulted in the creation of the Uffizi!
Tourists and art students from around the globe travel to Florence just to set their eyes upon the glorious pieces of work in this gallery. If you’re searching for a bit of culture, this is a mandatory stop on your list!
Antinori nel Chianti Classico Winery
If you’re a wine aficionado and are in the mood to venture outside your villa, there exists a must-see winery called Antinori nel Chianti Classico. Located 25 minutes from the Chianti Villa, the winery is stunning and uses locally sourced materials in a bid to be more environmentally friendly. The architecture is quite avant-garde, as there’s an orbital shaped staircase transporting you from the vineyard to the cellar.
Known as the ‘invisible wine cellar,’ the large rectangular-shaped terracotta tiles and softly-lit sleek caves provide a clean, modern touch. An English tour guide will first take you on a tour of their museum, followed by a demonstration of the wine-making process, and finishing with a delicious wine tasting. The duration of the tour is two hours and it costs $80 per person.
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